Professor Margaret Gardner AO, the Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT University, announced the appointment of Rob Hulls as an Adjunct Professor and the inaugural Director of the University’s Centre for Innovative Justice.
Professor Gardner said she was pleased to have obtained the services of the former Attorney-General and Deputy Premier.
“Mr Hulls was known as a reforming Attorney-General who was passionate about innovative justice and human rights. He will be a great asset to RMIT – the place where his legal career began,” she said.
Mr Hulls studied law at RMIT before being admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor in 1983. He worked in his father’s legal practice before joining Victoria Legal Aid and then travelling to Queensland to work for an Aboriginal legal service.
He was then elected to the Federal Parliament before returning to Melbourne and being elected to the State Parliament. He held a number of portfolios including Industrial Relations, Planning, Manufacturing, WorkCover and Racing and was Attorney-General for 11 years. He was also Deputy Premier for three years.
“RMIT is a great university with an established reputation for excellence. I am very excited about returning to the place where my legal career began. I am keen to help kick-start the exciting careers of future lawyers and leaders,” Mr Hulls said.
RMIT plans to set up a Centre for Innovative Justice, hosted by the Graduate School of Business and Law. The Centre will be responsible for researching, developing, teaching and promoting modern and innovative ways of delivering justice through formal court processes and across the broader justice system.
Mr Hulls said the Centre’s objective would be to drive, develop and expand the capacity of the justice system to meet and adapt to the needs of its diverse users, and to contribute in a positive way to addressing the underlying issues that bring people into contact with the justice system.
“The Centre for Innovative Justice, once established, has the potential to be a world-class centre of excellence for teaching, learning and research in relation to therapeutic justice. Once again RMIT has shown itself to be at the forefront of innovative learning in this State,” Mr Hulls said.
RMIT offers a range of programs in the field of law and justice, with pathways between vocational, degree and postgraduate qualifications. They include the Advanced Diploma of Justice, the Bachelor of Social Science (Legal and Dispute Studies), and Juris Doctor.